Floyd Rayford

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Floyd Kinnard Rayford
(Sugar Bear)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Floyd Rayford was a part time catcher/third basemen who played six of his seven big league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Nicknamed "Honey Bear" for his barrel-chested frame, he had one excellent season with extended play, hitting .306/.324/.521 in 105 games in 1985. Rayford returned to earth in 1986, managing only a .176 average over 81 games while committing 15 errors at the hot corner. His career splits show a platoon system could have helped his performance as he struggled hitting vs righties (.219/.258/.336 in 606 PA) but hit well vs lefties (.273/.313/.468 in 509 PA).

It was said that Orioles manager Earl Weaver decided to keep Rayford on the O's opening day roster in 1980 because he had never had a player who could be used at both third base and catcher, and it opened up a whole set of possible in-game permutations for a manager who just loved to make these types of substitutions. However, it soon became apparent that Rayford was not a capable fielder at either position, and needed more minor league time anyway; he was sent back to the minors in early May after appearing in just seven games. His only other game that season was the second game of a doubleheader on October 4th, on the season's penulimate day, when he went 2 for 4 as the starting third baseman against the Cleveland Indians and collected his first career RBI.

In 1989, Rayford played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1996 Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League 42-33 6th Philadelphia Phillies

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